Stade Français have officially unveiled Heyneke Meyer as club head coach and director of sport on a two-year deal.
The former Springbok and Bulls coach will join Stade at the end of April to meet the players as well as look at the structures within all the teams in preparation for the 2018-19 season.
‘The arrival of world-renowned coach Heyneke Meyer to head the Stade Français’ sports project confirms the ambition we have to be competitive in the Top 14 and on the European [rugby] scene. I trust Heyneke to build a professional team. He has my full support for his plan of action,’ said Stade owner Hans-Peter Wild.
Club president Hubert Patricot added that he believes with the right support system, Meyer will bring success to Stade’s ranks.
‘With the support of Robert Mohr and the all the other coaches, Meyer will allow the club to accelerate its progress on the path of performance and excellence. On behalf of all the teams of Stade Français Paris, I welcome him.’
Meyer, who is currently working as managing director of a Hong Kong-based company, Carinat Sports Marketing, says he cannot wait to resume his coaching career.
‘It’s a great honour for me to join a club with such a rich heritage. The mission is ambitious and I know cannot do it alone, so I am very happy to team up with the players and all the important stakeholders of the club.’